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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




The purpose of this study was to investigate the accuracy of a particular model for collaboration when applied to a successful school-university partnership. A specific framework for establishing and maintaining successful school-university partnerships, proposed by Frank Wilbur of Syracuse University, was identified in the literature. Wilbur's model was selected as the conceptual framework for this study since it contains critical elements supported by at least four other researchers studying and writing on collaborative endeavors and was, in fact, the most comprehensive of any of the suggested conceptual frameworks. The answer to one overall research question was sought: to what extent does Wilbur's model for school-university partnerships fit when applied to a highly successful school-university partnership? Answers to questions pertaining to Wilbur's nine most important factors (e.g., leadership; economics; governance and communication) positively impacting interinstitutional alliances were explored in an existing school-university partnership known as the Center for Collaborative Advancement of the Teaching Profession.;Historical documents regarding the Center, including the initial grant proposal, interim and final reports, and published articles, were reviewed for content and consistency in answering the main and subsidiary research questions. Individual, paired, and focus group interviews were conducted with persons felt to be most knowledgeable of the Center's activities.;Evidence that particular elements of successful partnerships were considered and included in the design, implementation, and maintenance of the collaborative effort was sought to determine the extent to which Wilbur's model could be applied to this partnership. The nine factors included in Wilbur's conceptual framework for creating successful school-university partnerships were evident, in varying degrees, in the establishment and maintenance of the Center for the Collaborative Advancement of the Teaching Profession. However, the data indicated that the success of the Center may also be attributable to a tenth factor which Wilbur's model does not include.



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